Fragrant smoke flows through hoses as customers relax on cushy sofas and armchairs inside Voodoo Hookah Lounge. Staff members refresh the hookahs' glowing charcoals and fill hookahs from their stock of 40 flavors of fresh shisha—including such popular offerings as lemon mint, double apple, and spiced chai—for patrons to puff or mix and match into custom blends. Patrons can also shop for at-home smoking supplies—including shisha, hookahs, and e-hookahs—or they can purchase energy drinks, Coca-Cola products, and snacks to enjoy as they lounge.
Dr. Dan Jardin says he still remembers that jolt of pain as if it happened yesterday. During a basketball game, he went for a rebound and was pushed down, landing hard on his lower back. There was a “pop,” then the most intense pain. A trip to a doctor and prescription medicine did nothing to alleviate the searing pain. Three weeks later, Dr. Jardin visited a chiropractor at the urging of a friend. The chiropractor performed a manual adjustment, and the pain started to dissipate. That moment cemented into Dr. Jardin’s memory and became the driving factor in him becoming a chiropractor, so that he could help others facing the same discomfort.
On any given day, Dr. Jardin sees new patients at wit’s end, for they have tried everything else possible to alleviate their pain, just like he did so many years ago. His adjustments help relieve headaches, carpal-tunnel syndrome, athletic injuries, and numbness in limbs.
HBL Centers cultivates a network of chiropractic professionals, boasting over 200 participating locations nationwide. Though the doctors may favor varying technologies and approaches toward pain care, they share the overarching goal of treating patients with long-term, holistic healthcare. The practitioners treat their clients with massages, adjustments, and manipulations of the spine to align the body to help ease back, shoulder, and neck pain, headaches and sciatica. They may call on supplemental treatments, including rehabilitation exercises, electrical stimulation, and heat and ice administered by out-of-work shoulder angels and devils.
Man and machine have forged a well-oiled partnership inside Brentwood Auto Spa's car-scrubbing confines. After the sudsy embrace of the soft-cloth wash tunnels, the human hands of the trained staff step in to finish the job. Machines take a back seat during detailing services; everything from waxes to upholstery shampoo and games of hubcap pattycake is done by hand. The staff uses filtration systems to keep chemicals out of sewer systems, and water collectors to recycle liquids used during washes.
There's nothing small about Lumpy's Diner Express. It's not just that its eight-page menu is stocked with a variety of burgers, hot dogs, and other diner favorites—it's that it features several "Big Appetite" challenges, including one that requires diners to devour a burger that weighs more than 4 pounds and is loaded with at least six different toppings.
Lest its diners think that Lumpy's only features heavy meals, it offers healthy choices such as low-fat bison patties, grilled chicken, and protein shots for the milkshakes. An array of theme nights—such as Car and Bike night Mondays—and Betsy Ross look-alike contests round out Lumpy's all-American vibe.
Loard’s Ice Cream beguiles ice cream connoisseurs with more than 40 flavors of cold culinary comfort. Experience the tastes of fall without sautéing leaf piles by slurping up regular-sized scoops of pumpkin or maple-walnut ice cream crafted with cream from local suppliers ($2.50 each). Popular concoctions such as cookie-dough, bubble-gum, and ube-taro-root ice cream color tongues’ opinions on nothing-but-dessert diets, swaying them to beg for milkshakes for breakfast ($3.85), double scoops for lunch ($3.85), and kids’-sized scoops for post-cardio workouts ($1.90). The punch cards unlock further treasures of Loard’s loaded menu, including ice-cream-free italian sodas, shaved ices, and freshly made cookies.